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The Prince of Wales spends a second day in Romania

30th March 2017

The Prince of Wales visiting the Village Museum

The Prince of Wales visiting the Village Museum

The Prince of Wales carried out engagements in and around Bucharest as His Royal Highness continued the Royal tour of Romania 

The Prince began the day at the Village Museum in Bucharest, where he viewed a number of activities representing Romania’s traditional heritage and was invited to join in with some Romanian dancing. 

His Royal Highness took the hand of a young woman from the Burnasul ensemble and linked up with others to form a circle for a dance known as the Hora.

The Village Museum is a popular tourist attraction which features replicas of rural homes and churches.

During his tour of the open-air museum, The Prince saw many examples of traditional crafts, from wooden tile making to weaving.

His Royal Highness stopped to chat to Valeria Fercal, who had on display dozens of intricately painted eggs.

The Prince then had a bilateral meeting with President Klaus Iohannis in Bucharest, before visiting Vacaresti Nature Park, a former Communist-era reservoir in the capital which has become a huge nature reserve.

His Royal Highness saw the man-made lake and heard about the area's wildlife. During the walk through the reserve The Prince met rangers, saw an eastern green toad and planted a white poplar tree to mark his visit.

The Prince of Wales later visited Patriarch Daniel, head of the Romanian Orthodox Church, at his palace in Bucharest for a meeting, and met young people helped by the FARA Foundation. The foundation is one of the oldest British charities operating in Romania and transforms the lives of vulnerable and traumatised children and young people.

The Prince was greeted by excited children at the charity he has supported for 16 years as Patron, and seven-year-old Antonia Paduraru, who lives opposite the FARA building, stood on her tiptoes to give His Royal Highness a kiss on the cheek.

The Prince of Wales at the FARA Foundation in Popesti Leordeni

The Prince of Wales at the FARA Foundation in Popesti Leordeni

The charity runs two projects in Bucharest, a centre for vulnerable and neglected children, and a residential training centre for young people to teach them the skills they need to live independently.

To finish the day, The Prince attended a meeting at the British Embassy on the issue of modern slavery before meeting guests at a reception to celebrate the work of The Prince’s Foundation in Romania.

The Prince’s Foundation in Romania was founded by The Prince of Wales to help support the architectural heritage preservation and farming within the country. 

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